From Donald Douglas (whose birthday is on Monday!):
They say that voters don’t vote foreign policy.
Well, perhaps not, though former President Jimmy Carter might disagree with that.
In presidential elections pocketbook issues dominate, and especially in a year like this. And so far, it’s not clear that the Republicans have won over the electorate on the jobs crisis (so we might be stuck with another four years of this Obama-Democrat calamity). But there’s a lot more on our collective plate this year, and that’s the standing of the United States as the continued leader of the free world. The evidence on the Libya attack is so overwhelming now that the White House can no longer cover it up. And we know that the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward the Arab world has failed, our relations with and standing in the Muslim world has literally exploded in great balls of fire before our eyes. And the kick in the teeth is still to come when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meeets with President Obama to lay down the law on how the United States is to deal with the Middle East. I hope Obama’s been practicing his bow, because he’s going to be bending low before the Muslim Brotherhood chief, deeper than any head of state to which he’s kowtowed thus far. Americans need to take a good hard look at what’s going down and then ask themselves if 2012 isn’t one of those elections in which history shall be the final judge. Obama promised a fundamental transformation in 2008. He’s kept his word and continues to deliver the goods, bringing down Uncle Sam every step of the way.
At the New York Times, “Egypt’s New Leader Spells Out Terms for U.S.-Arab Ties“:
CAIRO — On the eve of his first trip to the United States as Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi said the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger.
A former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mr. Morsi sought in a 90-minute interview with The New York Times to introduce himself to the American public and to revise the terms of relations between his country and the United States after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, an autocratic but reliable ally.
He said it was up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world and to revitalize the alliance with Egypt, long a cornerstone of regional stability.
If Washington is asking Egypt to honor its treaty with Israel, he said, Washington should also live up to its own Camp David commitment to Palestinian self-rule. He said the United States must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when that conflicts with Western values.
More at the link. Dr Douglas quoted more from the Times’ original than I did, but I will move on to his conclusion:
Well, yeah. Bowing, in the White House, before the leader of the Arab terrorist world might not have gone over too well with the American public. That’s something that even the Obama-enabling media wouldn’t be able to conceal.
Thing are not right in the world. There has never been as much groveling in our foreign policy, and now a two-bit terrorist lackey is dictating America’s foreign policy on the Middle East. It’s a disgrace of epic proportions, the mother of all clusterf-ks. May Americans take notice, for the survival of the republic is in their hands.
More at Big Government, “Obama to Condemn Christian Filmmaker Before United Nations” (via Memeorandum).
RELATED: From the Western Center for Journalism, “Egypt’s New President Keeps Useful Idiot Obama On Short Muslim Brotherhood Leash.”
President Morsi said that the United States must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when that conflicts with Western values, but every time the United States has tried to do just that, it was perceived not as strength or friendship, but as a sign of weakness by the Muslims. President Morsi was speaking in the kind of terms that would appeal to American liberals, and (probably) President Obama, but his very statement reflects the differences in Western and Middle Eastern cultures: what we would see as a sign of respect, they see as a weakness to be exploited.
If the President proceeds as planned, and denounces the film Innocence of Muslims, it will not matter what additional platitudes he mouths about freedom of speech: that is a concept which has neither meaning nor support in the Arab world. An Egyptian court recently indicted several men in connection with producing that film, even though none of them is in Egypt and even though none of them took any actions under Egyptian sovereignty, charging them with “insulting the Islamic religion, insulting the Prophet and inciting sectarian strife.” Such is not the mark of a legal system or a culture that respects freedom of speech.
From Andy H, on the Lonely Conservative:
September 21, 2012
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is neither “affordable” or an act of care. What it is at its heart is a means to a socialist end. It was constructed for the sole purpose of transforming (where have I heard that word before?) a free-market health care system into an Utopian single payer universal health care system. Obamacare is a stepping stone designed to collapse the system in a Cloward – Piven strategy. The designers knew from the moment they put pen to paper that their construction was to be designed to implode. We saw that and warned about it but the machine was rigged to pass it.
Now, as Pelosi once quipped, we are seeing what is in it since its passage. The American people have never stopped hating it and no politician has dared run on it. It would seem that at least the President, who said he now liked the term “Obamacare”, would mention it often as his crowning achievement, but if he does mention it, often it is as an afterthought.
Mark Levin has found out why this may be. A CNS News article by David James transcribes Levin’s Wednesday radio show where he discussed a new CBO report which let another cat out of the bag as to how bad this monstrous bill really is. We know about the 6 million who will now have to pay but there is more:
“Folks, this affects you. The Congressional Budget Office- Washington Times- ‘6 million Americans will pay the health care tax rather than obtain coverage under Obama’s health care law, according to a new CBO estimate. A 50% increase over CBO’s estimate of just two years ago.CBO also said there will be 30 million people without insurance, though all but the 6 million will be exempt from the tax.’
“You got that? Obamacare, all the rules, all the expenses, $716 billion stolen out of Medicare to fund Obamacare – there will still be 30 million people without insurance, and 6 million of you are going to pay $7 to $8 billion in penalties.
So the number who will have to pay the
penaltytax has magically jumped up AND THIRTY MILLION PEOPLE WILL STILL BE WITHOUT INSURANCE!
There’s more at the link, and, believe me, it gets worse.
William Teach has an article up on President Obama’s planned speech to the United Nations, Then there’s this:
By William Teach | September 22, 2012 – 12:21 pm
Imagine that Congress managed to eliminate the tax deductions that oil companies benefit from: what would happen? Would there be massive layoffs? Would plants shut down? Er, no, we’d just see a rise in cost of oil and gas. What happens when an “alternative energy” tax credit is not extended?
(CBS) Wind energy equipment manufacturer Siemens Energy Inc. will lay off 615 workers in Iowa, Kansas, and Florida in part because Congress has not renewed a tax credit for wind energy, the company said Tuesday.
Siemens said the biggest job losses will come in Fort Madison, Iowa, where 407 workers at a wind-turbine blade factory will be out of work. About 220 workers will be retained at the plant to support ongoing operations, spokeswoman Melanie Forbrick said in a statement.
The company blamed difficult market conditions due to lack of congressional action on a wind energy tax credit as well as increased use of natural gas-fired power plants. It said it has worked for the past 10 months to address the uncertainties but needed to adjust its work force until demand for turbines returns.
Without the tax credits (and government subsidies) many “green” energy companies cannot survive. The costs are already sky-high, and the only way to sell the wind turbines and get them operating is with those tax credits and subsidies. There’s only so much cost that can be passed on to the consumer, since wind and solar are already much more expensive energy sources than, say, natural gas.
We learn this information by way of Grist, which points out that those evil Republicans, and, hey, Harry Reid, are killing the tax credits and subsidies through inaction. Grist is highlighting a letter sent to Congressional leaders from 19 companies, asking that the credits be kept, and
The companies that signed the letter are lobbying to save a few bucks on their electricity bills.
Well, then why don’t they put up a whole bunch of wind turbines and solar panels on their own buildings at their own expense?
Without the subsidies, the alternative energy industry is simply dust in the wind. Awkward prose, to be sure, but it does give me a pitiful excuse to embed this video!
From Sister Toldjah, making a prediction almost as difficult as guessing that the sun will rise in the east:
Posted by: ST on September 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm
Guy Benson’s post on the release of Mitt Romney’s tax returns is awesome. I won’t even excerpt it. The headline says it all:
I mean well and truly punk’d. Here’s a hint on one revelation: Romney gave away roughly 30% of his income to charity.
Make sure to read the whole thing, and then sit back and what for the epic spinning of this by the left and their allies in the mainstream press to begin.
Update – 5:05 PM: Hah! Like clockwork. Via Twitchy Team: Left outraged Romney paid too MUCH in taxes, gave 30 percent to charity; Reid, Biden hardest hit
“Left outraged Romney paid too MUCH in taxes,” huh? I guess we know where Wagonwheel gets his talking points.
And it seems that Wagonwheel will have to adjust his prose. From Patterico:
Or, maybe not! Another one from Patterico:
Charles C. Johnson — otherwise known as “the good Charles Johnson” — reports:
A course description for “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” a class Barack Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School 12 times between 1992 and 2004, categorized race relations in the United States as “institutional racism in American society.”
From the course description:
It is relevant to explain why Obama thinks you are a a racist.
In fact, I hear he thinks 47% of Americans are racists.
Turns out he liked the theory of reparations, too. Just didn’t think it was workable.
Considering that it was a law course, I’d cut State Senator Obama some slack on this one: he pretty much had to address the issues as he stated them in the course description. The trouble is that, as President, Mr Obama seems to have decided that the answer to “the continued prevalence of racism in society” must be using “jurisprudence (to) provide racial minorities more than formal equality.”
One wonders how State senator Obama altered his course syllabus in the aftermath of Grutter v Bollinger, the 2003 decision which allowed Affirmative Action to continue, but in which Associate Justice Sandra O’Connor ended with the expectation that it will no longer apply after a quarter-century had passed.